Launching ceremony to commit using antibiotic responsiblydate: 15/11/2017 19:08:00
On 13th November 2017, in Vinh Phuc Province, a press conference and media briefing antibiotic awareness week 2017 were organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH) . Attending and directing the ceremony there were Prof.Dr. Nguyen Viet Tien - Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Kidong Park - Chief of WHO Representative in Viet Nam, representatives from MOH's Departments / Offices.
At the press conference, Mr. Kidong Park - Chief of WHO Representative in Viet Nam warned that if antibiotics are used unconceivably and abused , there will be drug resistance and other adverse effects such as the increase of adverse events such as allergic reactions, anaphylactic shock, gastrointestinal bleeding leading the increase of hospitalizations , mortality, and economic burden for patient's family and the whole society. He also reminds that "If the abuse of antibiotics lasts without control, the number of patients died from resistance will increase from 700.000 people per year to tens of millions of people by 2050. People can die only because of an infected cut due to no response of antibiotics".
Prof.Dr. Nguyen Viet Tien delivered his speech at the press conference
Speaking at the press conference Prof.Dr. Nguyen Viet Tien - Deputy Minister of Health pointed out that most antibiotics in the first and second generation do not show their specific effectiveness. New antibiotics are used by most hospitals in their treatment.
In Vietnam, the problem of antibiotic resistance is getting worse because of widespread and prolonged use of antibiotics in cattle and poultry breeding, aquaculture and cultivation, and especially the habit of buying antibiotics without prescription of a part of the population.
Measures to control prescription of antibiotics in treatment are being implemented by MOH. Accordingly, hospitals are required to follow the regulations issued by MOH in prescribing drugs. The councils of pharmacy and medicines should be set up at hoapitals to have a weekly check for medical records and the doctor's prescriptions to see if they are reasonable or not. The pilot surveillance using a camera system at the pharmacy is also carried out by MOH. And the criterion for selling the antibiotics based on doctors' prescription is one of the criteria for GPP.
A plan to implement the project to strengthen the control of drug prescription and sale of prescribed drugs in the period 2017-2020 has been issued by MOH in order to strengthen the implementation of the law on drug prescription and sale of prescribed drugs and to reduce antibiotic resistance, drug abuse, unreasonable drug use.
The objective of the project is to review and amend the provisions of the law relating to drug prescription and sale of prescribed drugs. Then the rate of compliance with the law on drug prescription in outpatient treatment has been increased, especially the purchase of antibiotics with doctors' prescription must be tightened.
Ministry of Health